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  1. How Much Paint?

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    You've picked your color, but how many gallons will you need for your room? Calculate the wall area of the room; you'll need one gallon for 450 square feet. 

    To determine the wall area, multiply the height of each wall by its width (don't subtract for doors and windows unless they take up more than half the wall); total the figures for the walls. Add 10 percent for future touch-ups. For two coats, double the number.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2009
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  2. Hollister House English Garden

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    Located stateside in the charming town of Washington, Connecticut, is a true gardening wonder: a quintessentially English garden.

    Hollister House Garden, named after the 1760 house around which it is built, was created by art and antiques dealer George Schoellkopf in the manner of such famous English landscapes as Sissinghurst and Great Dixter: formal in its structure, yet rather wild in its style of planting.

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    For more information, visit hollisterhousegarden.org.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010
  3. Pay It Forward

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    A basket on the floor of the closet collects clothing donations for a local charity and is a reminder to donate regularly.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  4. Garden-Variety Gift

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    A flowerpot filled with garden supplies, such as a spade, shears, seeds, and gloves, makes a good gift for any friend with a green thumb. As a bonus, attach a gift tag made from decorative paper embedded with wildflower seeds; the recipient can plant it after reading your note. On the tag's front, draw a hint of what's to come.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  5. Plant Protector

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    An office in-box can work hard outside, too. Turn one upside down and place it over young plants to protect them from curious cats and other creatures. The metal grid keeps pets from uprooting and trampling delicate plants, such as herbs, and will allow your plants to grow freely.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2004
  6. Trim Curtains

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    Short shower curtains look tidy and tailored, and they don't trap dust and moisture. To create the look in your bathroom, cut a fabric curtain 2 inches longer than the desired length, then fold and sew a 2-inch hem. Leave the plastic liner hanging full-length in the tub to contain water from the shower.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2006
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